Jones Beach : An Illustrated History

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-03-02
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot
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Now in paperback! "This is local history at its best. John Hanc's lively, absorbing narrative is both nostalgic and sophisticated." Barnet Schecter, author ofThe Battle for New YorkandThe Devil's Own Work "A delightful read, a nostalgic, absorbing trip back in time to the origins and the halcyon days of a treasured New York institution." Kevin Baker, author ofDreamlandandParadise Alley "[A]ny citizen of New York will be proud to have this book in their collection." Donald J. Trump Jones Beach looms large in the hearts and lives of millions of New Yorkers. From its windswept beginnings on the far edge of an empire to its twentieth-century status as the greatest public beachfront resort in America, it has been home to countless memories. Situated on a barrier island linked to Long Island, Jones Beach State Park is today the most popular beach on the East Coast, with some six million visitors a year. In this evocative illustrated book, John Hanc explores the traditions, institutions, controversies, and characters of this beloved seaside resort, now a state historic landmark. His richly detailed prose comes together with a wonderful collection of archival photographs to make this a must read for anyone who has visited Jones Beach. The foreword is by "Mr. Long Island," longtime former Newsdaycolumnist Ed Lowe.

Author Biography

John Hanc teaches journalism and writing at the New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury. A writer specializing in fitness, active sports and history, he is the author of eight books, the most recent of which was “The Coolest Race on Earth: Mud, Madmen, Glaciers and Grannies at the Antarctica Marathon” (Chicago Review Press).


Table of Contents

The Battle for the Beach
Pirate Jones
An Island Unto Itself
"The Beach Is Apparently Endless"
The Girls (and Boys) From Jones Beach
King of All Beaches
The Guy Who Loved the Beach
Esprit de Corps : The Jones Beach Lifeguards
Endless Summer
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